NWS confirms 2nd tornado in Ionia County

The National Weather Service Grand Rapids office. (July 8, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The National Weather Service Grand Rapids has confirmed a second EF-0 tornado touched down in Ionia County in the early morning hours of July 7 during the same storm where an EF-1 tornado ripped through parts of Wyoming and Kentwood.

The tornado, which produced winds of around 80 miles per hour, touched down at 12:34 a.m. near S. Pline Road just south of E. Kimball Road in Lyons Township, east of Ionia, according to the NWS. It moved northeast for about a quarter of a mile, crossing Stoney Creek Road, and ended south of M-21.

NWS officials said four buildings were damaged in the twister, including two farm buildings and two homes that lost roofing.

>>Photos: Storm and tornado damage

The tornado also carried a plastic playground slide approximately 1,500 feet, according to the NWS, and “significant’’ tree damage was observed in a path that measured 50 yards wide with less severe damage extending 150 yards.

No injuries were reported in the tornado, which the NWS said lasted for four minutes.

The other tornado confirmed by the NWS in Ionia County touched down just north of I-96 just west of S. Keefer Highway, northwest of Portland at 12:16 a.m.

That tornado had winds of up to 75 miles per hour during its six-mile path, and left five buildings damaged. The NWS said trees and crops were damaged as well.

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